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Acanthosis Nigricans

Acanthosis Nigiricans is a medical term that refers to the dark and thickened patches of skin that are usually noticed around the neck, groin, and armpit. This is not a specific disease in itself; rather it is a symptom that gives an indication of other health issues. In some of the severe cases, acanthosis nigricans can also be the sign of Cancer.

Sign and Symptoms
The patients of acanthosis nigricans tend to have symptoms like:

  • Dark and velvety skin lines
  • Body folds and creases near armpit
  • Bad odor
  • Itching

The affected area varies in all the patients, but it mostly covers armpit, back of the neck, and groin. There can even be tiny finger-like growths around these patches. A higher level of insulin acts as the trigger for acanthosis nigricans. That is why overweight people are more prone to these issues.

Other potential causes of acanthosis nigricans are:

  • Stomach cancer
  • Adrenal gland disorder
  • Disorders of pituitary gland
  • High doses of niacin

Although acanthosis nigricans is recognized by physical appearance, at Astoria Skincare, we will check for the potential causes. Depending on the cause of trouble, you will be brought under the most appropriate medication by our expert team.